Actress Emma Watson’s post in solidarity with Palestinians sparks Israeli outrage
The official account of British actress Emma Watson – the heroine of the “Harry Potter” films series – on “Instagram” published a new post declaring solidarity with the Palestinians and the Palestinian cause, using a large banner image that reads in English “Solidarity is a” Verb), from inside a pro-Palestinian rally.
The post, which garnered more than 1,100,000 likes, sparked widespread support among pro-Palestine users, but on the other hand, it drew strong criticism from Israeli officials.
Watson’s account quoted British activist Sarah Ahmed, saying, “Solidarity does not presume that our struggles are the same, that our pain is the same, or that we hope for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment and action, as well as recognizing that even if we don’t have The same feelings, or we live the same lives, or we have the same bodies, we live on common ground.”
The image used in Watson’s post was originally posted in May 2021 by “Bad activist collective” in the wake of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip, an activist movement originally founded in support of climate issues, whose interests have expanded to include freedom and anti-war movement. persecution.
Wide tributes to solidarity
Watson’s post was very well received by users of social media platforms. Many thanked Emma Watson for her voice in support of the Palestinian cause, while some added hashtags such as “Palestine is Free” (#FreePalestine) and “Palestine Will Remain Free” (#PalestineWillBeFree). to their comments.
Accusations of anti-Semitism
A number of Israeli officials strongly criticized Watson’s position, including Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan, who wrote on his official Twitter account, “Imagination may work in the world of Harry Potter, but it does not work in reality… If so, the magic used in The wizarding world can eradicate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women) and the Palestinian Authority (which supports terrorism) I will with that!”
Fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality. If it did, the magic used in the wizarding world could eliminate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women & seeks the annihilation of Israel) and the PA (which supports terror). I would be in favor of that! pic.twitter.com/u1TrP3sqSS
– Ambassador Gilad Erdan Gilad Erdan (@ giladerdan1) January 3, 2022
But it seems that the Harry Potter world that Erdan underestimates leaves a cultural impact on the world. The former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, used a phrase in the famous film series to accuse Watson of anti-Semitism, as Danon tweeted through his official account on Twitter, “10 points from Gryffindor.” Because he is anti-Semitic.
Danon faced criticism from many social media users over his comments. Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of the Indivisible Project, a non-profit organization founded in 2016, dismissed Danon’s accusations, saying they were “perfect evidence of the cynicism and outright evil of the accusation of anti-Semitism to prevent any manifestations of solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
cry louder it’s making me laugh
— Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd) January 3, 2022
While Palestinian journalist and activist Muhammad al-Kurd, who played a crucial role in raising international awareness about the forced eviction of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, responded that Watson’s “simple statement” left “Zionists everywhere… in a panic attack.”
Ayman Mohi El-Din, presenter with the American network “MSNBC”, expressed his admiration for Danone’s post, as he tweeted through his official account on Twitter, “It is not a joke, we have reached a stage where the mere publication of a vague image expresses solidarity with Palestinians on Instagram classify you as an anti-Semite.
No joke, we are at the point where merely posting a vague picture referencing solidarity with Palestinians on Instagram gets you labeled as an antisemite. It’s only Jan 3. May God give me patience for the this year. https://t.co/DsH4K9umtd
— Ayman (@AymanM) January 3, 2022
Earlier, a number of celebrities took new decisions of their kind that contributed to transforming global public opinion on the Palestinian issue, as figures such as Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo published messages and social media publications in support of the Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip under Israeli shelling that lasted for 11 days, in May Last May, the international supermodel of Palestinian origin, Bella Hadid, re-published a post that included her presence in one of the rallies in support of Palestine years ago.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) May 15, 2021
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